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South Ayrshire Charitable Trust

The South Ayrshire Charitable Trust has been set up to assist and improve the lives of South Ayrshire residents who are in need because of poverty, age, ill-health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage. The available funding is split geographically:

What funding is available?

The South Ayrshire Charitable Trust has funding available to help tackle poverty and assist those in need. The funds are split geographically:

  • Applicants in Ayr can apply for up to £1000

Please note:

The maximum amounts will be reviewed annually by the trustees who oversee the fund.


Who can apply for funding?

Funding is available to groups, organisations and individuals provided they can demonstrate to the satisfaction of the trustees that the funding will be used to help those in need living in South Ayrshire.

Possible activities the trust may support could include but are not limited to:

  • Providing grants to local clubs or organisations which support the poor, the disadvantaged, the disabled, the elderly or the sick: and
  • Providing grants to purchase items for projects that will benefit local residents and patients of hospitals and care homes

How do I apply?

There is a group application form and an individual application form for each geographical area. Applicants will be required to show that the funding will be used for the benefit of the residents of the specific geographical area.

This programme is now open for applications

The closing date for applications is 31st August 2023.

Registered Charity Number SCO45677


Why do funds apply to specific areas?

The South Ayrshire Charitable Trust is made up of sixteen former trusts which operated throughout South Ayrshire, some of these funds were set up decades ago. The council has brought all of these trusts together into one. The original16 trusts had specific rules on where the funding could be spent and these rules still apply.

What is the South Ayrshire Charitable Trust?

The South Ayrshire Charitable Trust is a registered Charity SCO 45677 which is administered by the council. This trust has been set up to bring together 16 older trusts so that the funding can be used to help residents in South Ayrshire.

Who decides on grants?

The trustees are the thirty councillors of South Ayrshire Council and their statutory successors in office.

How are grant decisions made?

The trustees will consider each application based on the established criteria.

When will I find out if I am successful?

The council will contact you on receipt of your application and will then contact you when a decision is made.

How do I find out if I am successful?

We will use the contact details you provide in your application form to tell you if you have been successful or unsuccessful.